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  • Register now for Lights parade



    Registration is now open for the annual Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. This years “frozen” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating in the Winterfest Light Parade. To register for the parade, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/

    From Breakfast with Santa to the “Snow Queen” ballet, Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town. 

    Los Alamos MainStreet would like to thank all the Winterfest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, The Education Plan and Los Alamos County.

  • Bandelier announces holiday schedule


    Bandelier National Monument has announced its schedule for the upcoming holidays, plus two special events.

    Bandelier’s Artist-in-Residence, photographer David Halpern, will be offering a photo hike in Frijoles Canyon on Dec. 13. 

    Sign up now due to a limited number of spaces available. To register, call the park Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 51 to sign up. There is no charge for the walk beyond the park entrance fee. 

    The annual Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk will be Dec. 21, with participants meeting at the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. 

    Participants walk up the canyon to watch the sunrise in alignment with the entry walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo. No sign ups are necessary for this walk.

  • Church listings 11-20-14


    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Bible's answers to a happy marriage


    “If you could suggest one piece of biblical advice for married couples what would it be?” — Jan


    There are so many possibilities from which to choose. For example, the creation account holds the classic ideal for marriage: “ a man should leave his parents and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). The importance of this passage is underscored by its presence in three New Testament texts (Mt. 19:5; Mk. 10:7-9; Eph. 5:31).

    Another possibility could be the words of Paul in his letter to the Ephesian church. 

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  • LAECCA taking applications


     The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is currently accepting applications from Los Alamos High School students for its program.  

    The LAECCA is a program that is designed to give high school students early access to post secondary career and technical education opportunities while attending high school.  There are multiple career and academic pathways a high school student may choose from if accepted into the LAECCA.

     Some students will earn certifications, some will earn an Associates Degree and some will gain a head start on credits or certifications for  their post-secondary goals. 

  • Briefs 11-21-14

     Director denies lab hid facts from WIPP 

    SANTA FE (AP) — The head of Los Alamos National Laboratory is denouncing a published report that exposed missteps at the lab that had played a part in a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports lab director Charlie McMillian sent a memo to employees earlier this week.

    In it, he dismisses suggestions that the lab was hiding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

  • Opinion: Debate over home solar fees highlights larger issues


    The Department of Public Utilities’ proposal to charge home solar customers a fixed fee to cover infrastructure costs opened the proverbial “can of worms.”

    Issues raised during the debate indicate that the Board of Public Utilities may need to completely rethink the current rate structure model and develop long-term policies and action plans for achieving them. 

    BPU struck that provision from the new electric rate structure ordinance heading to council for approval Dec.16, but several board members as well as members of the public remarked on the need to delve more deeply into the concerns raised during the debate. 

  • Los Alamos Garden Club to participate in Festival of Trees
  • BPU rejects home solar fee


     Council chambers were packed for a Board of Public Utilities’ public hearing on a revised electric rate structure on Wednesday. The majority of the citizens that turned out were protesting a proposed fee on customers with home solar systems. 

    The home solar advocates achieved their goal: the board struck that provision before passing the ordinance in a unanimous vote. 

    A debate has been raging around the issue ever since a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by Leidos proposed a $10 distributed generation fee beginning in January, increasing to $12 in July. 

    The fee was to cover infrastructure costs, which are currently built into the commodities charge. Large home PV users’ commodity charge is often covered completely by the excess power they put back into the grid.